We are excited to announce that the Académie Lafayette Board of Directors voted at their September 9, 2019 board meeting to open an International Baccalaureate high school for the 2020-2021 school year. Read more here.
As other questions come up and are submitted through the Google Form, these FAQ will be updated and addressed at the Parent Forum.
The Armour campus will house the ALHS high school program. The Armour building can hold up to 900 students today. Phase 3 of our expansion plan includes building a gym and auditorium at the Armour Campus at the site of the current basketball courts.
Yes. There is enough space to accommodate CWKC and an ALHS for the next 2 years. Beginning in 2022, CWKC will relocate pursuant to the terms of their lease agreement with AL.
We hope to start with a minimum of 30 students, but there will be space for any current 8th grade student to attend.
The current 2019-2020 middle school population at AL is: 95 in 6th grade, 90 in 7th grade, and 85 in 8th grade. There are 270 total AL middle school students.
All students currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette will automatically qualify to attend the ALHS. When the school is at full capacity we anticipate a 12th grade graduating class of 120.
No additional application will be necessary for current 8th grade students, but we will ask parents to indicate their plans to attend so we can plan accordingly and have sufficient time to hire teachers (using a similar intent to return process as is currently used each year).
As required by charter law, when the school is open to the community, students will be accepted by lottery for open spots available.
No, the high school is an extension of our current K-8 program. As such, it is operated under the Académie Lafayette charter sponsored by UCM. Missouri Charter School laws prohibit two charter schools or any other public schools to “merge” or to create partnerships for a high school.
Yes. However, they will have to apply like any other non-AL students and go through a lottery if there are more applications than seats available. Standard admissions rules would apply regarding sibling preference.
Académie Lafayette began our middle school International Baccalaureate (IB) program a few years ago, so the ALHS will build out the full IB program to include an IB certificate or diploma. Please refer to the ALHS program document below the FAQ.
No, the ALHS will be a college preparatory, International Baccalaureate and global studies high school. The ALHS will not be immersion but the administration is currently in conversation with UMKC to have the option for students to earn college credit for French by exam after their 8th grade year. We will continue to build out advanced language options for students to continue their language development in French, Spanish and Mandarin.
The accreditation process will begin once the school opens and should be fully accredited by year four.
For additional questions about curriculum, electives, extra curricular activities etc., click here for the ALHS program document.
It is the policy of Académie Lafayette not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ethnicity, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation or perceived sex orientation, or gender identity and expression in its programs or employment practices as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ms. Carlos McClain, Office Manager, Académie Lafayette, 816.800.8771